Y'all know how passionate I am about putting "good for you" food into your body. Food is fuel, food is our medicine cabinet, and food is the fountain of youth. Well, that it is if you are putting the right foods in your body. I am such a huge fan of clean eating and consuming foods that reduce inflammation. Did you know that many of the same foods that heal our bodies can also be used topically to give you beautiful skin? Some of my favorite healthy staples are actually fabulous at- home remedies for younger looking skin. So, the next time you have a girls night in, or do a self imposed at home spa day, try some of these amazing recipes to get you that youthful glow.
Papaya Face Mask
Try it: When your skin is dull and needs a youthful glow
Why it Works:
Papaya is great for treating a dull, tired complexion.
What you'll need: 3 tablespoons of mashed papaya, 1/3 cup of oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 lemon (optional).
Mash up the papaya into a puree before adding in honey, which is rich in antioxidants and anti-aging properties and oatmeal, a natural exfoliant and redness reducer.
Mix the ingredients together and finish off with lemon juice if you desire stronger skin-brightening effects.
Get-Glowing Honey Facial
Try it: To soothe and tone before a big event
Why it works: Honey is a skin-softener that naturally reduces acne. Yogurt contains skin-refining bacteria and also moisturizes. Cucumber reduces swelling and bags under the eyes. All the makings of a seriously glow-inducing homemade face mask.
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
Directions: Puree the three ingredients together in a blender. Spread over face. Leave for fifteen minutes, then wash off with warm water.
All-Natural Eye Treatments
Forget pricey eye creams, give yourself an instant lift the natural way by either rubbing coconut oil around and under your eyes to prevent wrinkles or place cold cucumbers on your eyes for 5-10 minutes to reduce puffiness.
Cooling Cucumber Eye Mask
Try it: When you need to de-puff your eyes after a poor night's sleep
Why it works: This homemade face mask contains peppermint, which increases blood circulation, as well cucumber, whose antioxidants decrease eye irritation.
5 sprigs mint
Directions: Puree the mint and cucumber in a blender. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, then pat it around your eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Vanilla Sugar Scrub
Do you want softer smoother skin?
Try it: When your skin is dry and flaky
Why it Works: The sugar gently exfoliates while the coconut oil soothes and moisturizes.
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of raw sugar.
Mix together coconut oil, vanilla extract and raw sugar until the coconut oil is completely liquified and absorbed by the sugar. Treat yourself to your exfoliating scrub's tasty benefits next time you suds up or package it as a pretty party favor for guests at your next Girls Night Soiree.
Face-Quenching Coconut Mask
Try it: When your skin is flaky and dry
Why it works: Coconut oil is highly moisturizing, and the gentle rubbing action of the shredded coconut will also exfoliate. It's the perfect homemade face mask for everyday.
3 tablespoons thinly shredded coconut
1 tablespoon royal jelly
1 tablespoon vanilla-flavored almond milk
Directions: Mix coconut shreds with royal jelly. Add almond milk to the mixture to achieve desired texture. Spread on cleansed face and neck and wait for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry.
Piña Colada Face Polisher
Try it: When your dry, sensitive skin calls for a gentle exfoliator
Why it works: Want an exfoliating homemade face mask? Pineapple contains fruit acids, which naturally and gently slough off dead skin cells.
2 tablespoons avocado
1 teaspoon fresh pineapple juice
1 teaspoon raw honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, shredded
Directions: Use a fork to mash the avocado until smooth. Stir in pineapple juice, honey and coconut shreds. Apply a thin layer to skin, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for 10 minutes before using gentle, circular motions to exfoliate dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Avocado Face Mask
Try it:This summer-inspired face mask uses avocado, egg and banana to soften and tighten skin, promoting a younger, wrinkle-reduced complexion over time.
Why it Works: Avocado is loaded with antioxidants that have numerous anti-aging benefits.
What you'll need: 1/2 banana, 1/2 ripe avocado, 1 egg.
1.Cut up half a banana, half an avocado and crack open an egg into a bowl. Make sure your avocado is soft and ripe. Mix all of your ingredients together until a puree is formed. Bananas provide skin-tightening and blemish-reducing benefits, while avocado softens skin and the egg brightens and smoothes wrinkles.
Banana Honey Rosewater Facial
Try it: To restore a youthful glow
why it works: Banana will naturally moisturize and hydrate the skin. It also lightens dark spots
1 small ripe banana
1 teaspoon rose water
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon yogurt
What You Have To Do
Chop and mash the banana. Add the honey and rose water to it, and mix well.
Lastly, add the yogurt and mix until you get a smooth, homogenous paste.
Apply this pack and keep it on for 20 minutes.
Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This?
Use the banana pack 1-2 times in a week.
Why This Works?
A fruit widely known for its anti-aging properties, banana contains vitamins A, B, and E. It is a rich source of zinc, potassium, and iron which is beneficial for maintaining a youthful looking skin
Avocado Yogurt Face Mask
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 mashed avocado
2 TBSP honey
To sooth and Nourish Dry, Tired Skin
Why it Works:
Yogurt moisturizes and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Avocado is a treasure trove of antioxidants like B-carotene, lecithin, and linoleic acid which helps moisturize your skin from within.
HONEY AND YOGURT MOISTURIZING ACNE MASK
1 Teaspoon of warmed honey
1 Teaspoon of plain yoghurt
Mix the ingredients together and apply to skin. Leave on for 10-‐20 minutes then rinse off with luke warm water.
Try it for :
Anti-‐aging, Anti-‐fungal, Anti-‐inflammatory, Anti-‐oxidant, Calming, Cleansing, Exfoliating, Healing, Mature Skin, Moisturizing, Repairing, Scarring, Soothing
Why it Works:
both honey and yogurt have anti-microbrial properties
Blemish-Banishing Orange Mask
Try it: When you're having a not-so-perfect skin day
Why it works: The turmeric in this homemade face mask has been hailed as an anti-aging superspice, but it's also effective topically. It's anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial -- even against P. acnes, the bacteria linked to breakouts.
1 teaspoon orange peel powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon organic honey
Directions: Mix ingredients to create a paste. Brush it on (you can use a makeup brush), and let dry for 10 minutes. Rinse well with water.
Avocado and honey face mask
Try it:This avocado face mask works wonders in restoring dry peeling skin and cracked cheeks back to life. Avocado is hypoallergenic and when applied topically to skin, can penetrate deep into the pores, promoting soft supple and smooth skin. It contains only one other ingredeint which is honey, the ancient all cure that has amazing moisturizing properties.
Why it Works:
Honey contains potent anti bacterial and anti septic properties that kill off acne causing germs. Evens out skin discolorations and black spots. Gently moisturizes and lubricates skin. Lightens and brighten up dull and aging skin.
- If there's any excess left of the face mask, don't let it go to waste. Slather it onto your neck and hands just before taking a bath.
- You can store excess face mask mixture for up to a week in the refridgerator. If it starts giving off a weird smell, toss it in the trash.
- Purchase raw organic honey to prevent any skin irritations or rashes that processed honey with artificial honey with additives may cause.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 ripe avocado mashed
Combine the above ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
Apply the mixture to your clean face in a circular motion. Let the face mask settle for at least 15 minutes.
When the time is up, rinse off the face mask with warm water first then cold water. Pat your face dry and enjoy the silky moisturized feel of your skin!
Well there you go! The next time you have a Girls Night in, try one of these restorative facials. And, don’t be surprised if you find yourself licking your face. They can be quite tasty. 😋
Here’s to showing yourself some love and loving the Skin you’re in!